Charming Shoppes is a plus size holding company that operates primarily in the retail industry. Charming Shoppes operates as a fully owned subsidiary of the Ascena Retail Group. As a holding company, some of the Charming Shoppes subsidiaries are Catherine Plus, Cacique and Lane Bryant. Charming Shoppes sells clothing from more than 2,300 retail stores which are located all over the United States as well as a number of online sites and catalogues that they own. Charming Shoppes was founded in the year 1940 and in 1971, it went public. The company merged with Ascena Retail Group in 2012. Charming Shoppes is based in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.